Jennifer Hogan. Chandelier. January 16th , 2018.
Antique chandeliers are becoming increasingly popular in the home these days, especially with new décor styles that include old and new being mixed in wonderful ways. Higher ceilings and different styled homes have made the chandelier the ideal piece for any room, especially since they do not make the room feel cluttered. Traditionally, antique chandeliers would welcome your arrival at the foyer of a (very affluent) home or was found hanging low to captivate you in a dining room. These days, chandeliers are found in just about any setting from the upper class mansion to the normal suburban home, to the traditional home.
They are far more popular and available to the public, and are less associated with royalty and riches. Art deco chandeliers began to be produced in 1970, and have continued to be very popular for a modern buyer looking for a contemporary piece for their home. Throughout the ages, chandeliers have developed massively as they have been made by a variety of materials, in a variety of shapes to suit constantly changing fashions. Despite their widespread popularity in modern day, they still breathe an air of sophistication into any room.
Crystals in chandeliers were originally used to help reflect and spread the light. Crystal glass was found to be the best material for this purpose. Into the 19th century, roped pendants and hanging drops were added to chandelier designs. With the discovery and use of electricity, the antique chandelier has of course moved with the times, and now incorporates electric or gas lighting. Candlelit chandeliers are still available, however, and can add some wonderful unique elegance and personality in the lighting of your home.
The articulation of the room significantly influences the placement of light fixtures. If the room is highly articulated then the use of one central chandelier is not suitable. Such a room should be fitted with wall lamps or another smaller chandelier. For halls with low ceilings it is convenient to use flush mounts. The colour of the walls, furniture, metal accessories, carpets and style in which the room has been decorated, as well as the tastes of the user, influence the choice of chandeliers.
Crystal Chandeliers: The most expensive and luxurious chandeliers are made of crystals. They are the most traditional form and manufacturers of these hardly use crystals. This is because a layman prefers cheap and modern chandeliers over the more extravagant ones. Ceramic Chandeliers: The next most expensive are the ceramic chandeliers, which are made of porcelain. Ceramic chandeliers are mostly manufactured in China and exported all over the world. The Netherlands also have porcelain factories that manufacture ceramic ones.
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